Books by David Wong Louie

THE BARBARIANS ARE COMING by David Wong Louie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"As grandly comic as an American carnival and as tragic as any Chinese opera."
One of the most moving father-son stories in decades, this first novel from the author of the prize-winning collection Pangs of Love (1991) is also a knowing and witty take on the immigrant experience, at the same time that it transcends the particularities of that experience. Read full book review >
PANGS OF LOVE by David Wong Louie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1991

"These quirky Asian-Americans try to Americanize each other with names like Edsel and Bagel—and Louie trenchantly dramatizes their often surreal attempts to adapt to a new culture while not forgetting the old ways."
A debut collection of 11 stories from Asian-American Louie chronicling the displaced lives of Asian immigrants and of first- generation American-born children: mainly taut and energetic pieces, a worthy (if more prosaic) companion to recent similar chronicles by Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, and others. ``Displacement'' (chosen for the Best American Short Stories 1989) concerns Mrs. Chow, 35, who immigrates to the US and goes to work (along with Mr. Chow) for a widow who, stroke-ridden, turns vile and spiteful. Read full book review >